Eight American Tourist Traps to Avoid. Or Not.


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Defined by CNN as “overcrowded, over-hyped and, of course, overpriced,” tourist traps are wicked places that draw in unsuspecting visitors with bright lights, promises of cultural significance, or rare natural beauty.

Then they bleed your wallet dry through gift shops, themed restaurants, pricey photo opps, and anything else they can think of.

But despite this blatant exploitation, people continue to visit tourist traps – in fact, that’s how they keep their reputations!

Why? No one can say. Maybe they’re just too much fun to resist.

In any case, here are eight of the biggest tourist traps in the United States. Steer clear, or give into temptation. It’s all up to you.

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The Essentials: Shenandoah Valley, VA

Bear's Den Outlook in the Shenandoah Valley


Immortalized in song, dance, film and television, the Shenandoah Valley is 200 miles of breathtaking vistas. During the fall, people travel from around the world to enjoy the changing of the leaves. The area becomes an outdoor wonderland of reds, oranges and greens. In addition to the great outdoors, visitors also enjoy the local towns that are booming with history and hospitality.

While you may not be able to experience everything on your trip, our trusty Shenandoah Valley guide will make sure that you are prepared to engage in your heart’s desire. Continue reading “The Essentials: Shenandoah Valley, VA” »

Tailgating Season Gear Up Guide

Steelers Polamalu Fan Tailgating


We’re super excited about football season! Who doesn’t enjoy cheering on your alma mater or the home team, and tailgating with friends and family? To help you enjoy the game, we’ve assembled a few tailgating items that will make watching the game from the parking lot, the stadium, or over at a friend’s house… a win-win situation — no matter what’s on the scoreboard.

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